The USFL has announced their 40-game regular-season schedule that will kick off on Saturday, April 16th, and last to the end of June, with all games being played in Birmingham, Alabama. Most of the league’s matchups are scheduled to take place at Protective Stadium, with a few games at Legion Field.
The USFL’s playoffs begin on June 25th, with the 2 playoff matchups and championship games to be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Ticket pricing is very family-friendly, as the price of 1 adult general admission ticket for the regular season will be $10 and allows up to 3 children under the age of 15 a free single-day ticket as well. Tickets will be listed as “Single-Day” and allow entry to every USFL game played on that date. This means attending all 3 games on opening Sunday will cost only $20 total for 2 adults and up to 6 children.
Let’s take a look at the New Orleans Breakers Schedule for the 2022 regular season.
New Orleans Breakers Schedule Breakdown
Week 1: New Orleans Breakers vs. Philadelphia Stars, Sunday April 17th at 4:00pm ET
Coach Larry Fedora has a tough stretch of games to kick off the season, with week 1 coming against the Philly Stars.
Coach Bart Andrus’ Stars should have a bit of a leg up on the other teams coming out the gates, as both quarterbacks currently on the roster played for Andrus previously, and teams will not have a ton of time to instill their systems before the season starts. Additionally, Fedora’s Breakers will have to slow down a familiar face in tight-end Bug Howard, who was a versatile target for Fedora in 2016 while at North Carolina. Howard led the Tar Heels in receiving touchdowns with 8.
The Breakers Week 1 matchup should be a fun one between two of the league’s more exciting teams.
Week 2: New Orleans Breakers vs. Tampa Bay Bandits, Sunday April 24th at 3:00pm ET
New Orleans will have another testing matchup early on when they face Todd Haley’s Tampa Bay Bandits in Week 2.
The Bandits have one of the USFL’s more complete rosters on paper before the supplemental draft, featuring former St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu at the helm. With their many weapons like John Franklin III, Eli Rogers, and more, The Bandits’ offense will be tough to slow down.
On the other side of the ball, between their pass rushers and defensive backs, the Bandits’ defense will be a stout one as well. The Breakers will have their work cut out for them in this matchup.
Week 3: (April 30-May 1) New Orleans Breakers vs. Birmingham Stallions
The Breakers’ stretch of challenging games continues in week 3 against Skip Holtz’s Birmingham Stallions.
This will be a rematch between head coaches Larry Fedora and Skip Holtz, who’ve faced each other twice as college coaches and are currently 1-1 against each other. In November of 2008, Fedora’s Southern Miss team defeated Holtz’s East Carolina squad 21-3. They met again in November of 2009 when East Carolina defeated South Miss 25-20.
New Orleans’ Week 3 game should be another exciting one between two of the USFL high-powered offenses.
Week 4: (May 6-8) New Orleans Breakers vs. Houston Gamblers
The Breakers’ Week 4 game features another rematch of former NCAA coaches, this time with Fedora’s Breakers taking on Kevin Sumlin’s Houston Gamblers.
This will be a rematch of the 2011 C-USA Championship game when Sumlin’s 6th ranked Houston Cougars took on Fedora’s 24th ranked Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Fedora’s Golden Eagles came out on top in 2011 with a final score of 49-28, but Sumlin has a chance to redeem himself with a new team.
Sumlin’s team will face the challenge of slowing down the former leading receiver from his 2018 Arizona Wildcats squad, Shawn Poindexter, who Fedora’s Breakers drafted.
Week 5: (May 13-15) New Orleans Breakers vs. New Jersey Generals
Week 5 features the New Orleans Breakers’ only matchup of the regular season against Mike Riley’s New Jersey Generals.
While there aren’t a bunch of big storylines around this matchup yet, it should still be a good one. Without an actual preseason, the first few games will likely serve as an adjustment period, but by week 5, teams should be figuring things out, and both of these teams have some viable playmakers.
Week 6: (May 21-22) New Orleans Breakers vs. Pittsburgh Maulers
Coach Fedora and the Breakers take on Kirby Wilson’s Pittsburgh Maulers in Week 6 for their only matchup of the regular season.
The Maulers will likely have one of the better offensive lines and rushing attacks in the USFL. This game will feature the first offensive tackle selected in the USFL’s draft, Chidi Okeke of the Maulers, matched up against the first defensive end/edge rusher selected in the USFL’s Draft, former Georgia star Davin Bellamy of the Breakers.
Week 7: (May 28-29) New Orleans Breakers vs. Michigan Panthers
In Week 7, Fedora’s Breakers take on Jeff Fisher’s Michigan Panthers.
The matchup will feature the first quarterback selected in the USFL’s draft, former Michigan standout Shea Patterson, against the first defensive end/edge rusher chosen, former Georgia star Davin Bellamy and the Breakers’ tough defense.
Week 8: (June 3-5) New Orleans Breakers vs. Birmingham Stallions
The Breakers have their second matchup against division rivals Skip Holtz and the Birmingham Stallions in week 8.
Both of these teams have a tough stretch of games to close out the season, and they could easily have huge playoff implications.
Week 9: (June 11-12) New Orleans Breakers vs. Tampa Bay Bandits
New Orleans’ rematch against division rivals Todd Haley and the Tampa Bay Bandits will have much higher stakes this time around.
Both the Bandits and Breakers are early favorites to make playoff appearances, and this game will likely play a significant part in determining their fate.
Week 10: (June 18-19) New Orleans Breakers vs. Houston Gambler
In their final game of the year, Fedora’s Breakers will host a rematch against their division rivals, Kevin Sumlin and the Houston Gamblers. The outcome of this game will likely have playoff implications for at least one of these teams.